"Player Eric Abidal has identified a liver tumor that will be surgically treated next Friday at the Barna Clínic Grup Hospital Clínic de Barcelona." With this statement issued by FC Barcelona on March 15, 2011, the capture of the French side began.
The operation was successful and Abidal was able to return to training with his teammates two months later, joining the team for a Champions League semi-final match against Real Madrid. The Camp Nou gave him an exciting boost when he replaced Puyol in the 90th minute and returned to the pitch.
On 28 May 2011, Abidal played 90 minutes in the Champions League final against Manchester United and lifted the trophy, conceding this privilege to Puyol and Xavi, captains of the Catalans.